A 24-hour booze ban on the sale of alcohol will be in effect nationwide this weekend as the country marks ‘Wan Ok Pansa’, the end of Buddhist Lent, on Sunday (Oct 13).
The ban on the sale of alcohol will come into effect at midnight on Saturday night and end at midnight Sunday night, explained Gen Rungrote.
The alcohol ban for Wan Ok Pansa was instituted by law under an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office on January 22, 2015.
Under the order, the sale of alcohol is prohibited on five specific Buddhist religious days: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asarnha Bucha Day, Khao Pansa and Wan Ok Pansa days.
Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha and Asarnha Bucha Day are all public holidays in the Kingdom.
Khao Pansa and Wan Ok Pansa, however, are not.
This Sunday also marks the third anniversary of the passing of the deeply revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama 9 of the Chakri dynasty, who reigned over the Kingdom for seven decades.
As the national public holiday, this year falls on a Sunday, the national public holiday will be observed, with all government offices closed, on Monday (Oct 14).
Although King Bhumibol Remembrance Day is respectfully honoured throughout the Kingdom, there is no ban on the sale of alcohol by law.
Regardless, Gen Rungrote urged people to be respectful on the day.
The offices of Class Act Media and IMAGE Asia will be closed on Monday to observe the national holiday. The offices will re-open on Tuesday (Oct 15).